Sunday, 5 February 2017

A trip to see the Castle... Our Edinburgh getaway!

A few days away…

In December, I travelled to Edinburgh with my boyfriend for a short get away before Christmas, and it was magical. Edinburgh was lit up beautifully, distracting from the cold, icy breeze which swept through the city. The architecture I found to be very similar to that in London, where every building could tell you a story. Our journey didn’t go as smoothly as planned, due to the dense fog in London that weekend, causing our flight to be cancelled. But! Plan B came to the rescue, and we travelled to St Pancreas via the virgin train service making our way slow but steadily to the north… just like Harry Potter.

Bambi on ice!

Day one, we had booked to do ice skating in St Andrews square, something Oliver had never tried before. Despite the painful skates I flew around the doughnut shaped course, weaving through the crowds on the ice. Oliver however, found ice skating tricky and took a slower route round the ice staying close to the sides. Ice skating at Christmas is a must but I would recommend skating all year round if you can!

Up and up we go!

After ice skating, we started our trek up to Edinburgh castle which turned out to be further than either of us had expected. Walking up the hill from Princes street and over Princes street garden, the views which surrounded us were phenomenal! Edinburgh is truly a beautiful city and once at the castle entrance you can really start to take in the amazing city below. Taking a few minutes to really look around at the view is well worth it! The Castle itself is still a working military base, with many areas being closed off due to modern day usage. However, St Margaret’s chapel, the royal household, the prisons, the museums and the Scottish national war memorial really highlight the castles military history and make your trip a memorable one.
The View from Edinburgh Castle, looking towards Princes street.
The entrance to the Castle
The view from the entrance of Edinburgh Castle, facing St Arthur's seat, a popular hiking trail in the city.

One of the prisons in the Castle. 

The Castle! 

The museums I especially loved due to the work which has gone into every single exhibition. Scotland’s history comes to life with the variety of artefacts, clothing, guns and imagery used in the exhibitions which will excite both young and mature audiences.

Down the rabbit hole

One evening, Oliver and I decided to chance getting into the restaurant across the road without a booking. It was the best decision we made that entire holiday! Every night there had been a queue to get in. With women dressed in glorious gowns and men wearing tuxedos our combination of Jeans and t-shirts felt out of place when walking past this grand scene, but we decided on our last night to wing it! With there being no queue we were welcomed into the building straight away… and I was left speechless by the beautiful interior.

Taking our eyes away from the main rooms, we ventured into the side dining room which felt like a grand study or an expensive library. After a long day of walking I decided to order “mince and tatties” a Scottish version of shepherd’s pie, which tasted absolutely incredible and warmed you up from the inside out!

For pudding we both decided to share a trifle and a cheesecake, both of which tasted incredible!
The Dome, at night the lights were beautiful!
The drinks room at the Dome, decorated so beautifully for the festive period!

The buildings beauty as well as the tasty food made this night my favourite part of the holiday. 
The side dining room where we had our dinner in the Dome.

Our puddings at the Dome, both were so delicious!!
Beauty is pain

What can I say about the hotel we stayed at? It was beautiful, well decorated, lots of space, and had great Wi-Fi, all of which are great aspects for any hotel room … but fire alarms at 12am and drilling at 9am two days running, causes the suite to lose its magic.

The George Street Hotel room
The George Street Hotel
Edinburgh is a beautiful place and I cannot wait for my next visit to Scotland. When I visit again I hope to stay longer to visit the museums, art galleries and do some of the walks like Arthur’s seat which I used to do with my mum as a little girl. Hopefully it will not be long until I hear the beautiful bagpipes play again!
St Giles Cathedral, we decided to visit the Cathedral in order to light a candle.
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